Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


593

Forb
Winter annual/Biennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it on roadsides, woodlands, streambanks, fields, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
White to pink
Bisexual
4 petals
8 stamens
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Indehiscent capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Myrtales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Oenothera gaura   FAMILY Onagraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Gaura biennis   FAMILY Onagraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 137-04-004:
Gaura biennis   FAMILY Onagraceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Biennial Gaura, Northeastern Gaura, Morning Honeysuckle, Biennial Beeblossom


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image of Oenothera gaura, Biennial Gaura, Northeastern Gaura, Morning Honeysuckle, Biennial Beeblossom

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_gabi2_001_lvd

        

image of Oenothera gaura, Biennial Gaura, Northeastern Gaura, Morning Honeysuckle, Biennial Beeblossom

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_gaura_biennis_10

August    Wilkes County    NC

Flowers are borne on wand-like, 1-8" spikes. Buds are less than 0.8" long, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Oenothera gaura, Biennial Gaura, Northeastern Gaura, Morning Honeysuckle, Biennial Beeblossom

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_gaura_biennis_10b

August    Wilkes County    NC

4 clawed petals, 8 conspicuous stamens, a style with a 4-lobed stigma, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Oenothera gaura, Biennial Gaura, Northeastern Gaura, Morning Honeysuckle, Biennial Beeblossom

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_gaura_biennis_11

August    Wilkes County    NC

A tall plant (5'+) with long branched spikes bearing many small flowers, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.